About our Trustees
John Douglas (Chairman)
John’s interest in East Africa stems from his schooldays, and was reinforced when he married Julia who was born in Tanganika (now part of Tanzania). On retirement John volunteered as a fundraiser for Village Education Project Kilimanjaro, which has developed into Education East Africa. In this role john organised and led several climbs of Kilimanjaro. Keen to support several small UK registered charities working in the educational field throughout East Africa, Charity (Adventure) Links was established. Two successful cycle challenges have proved the value of this method of fundraising, by visiting the very communities that benefit, so more are planned.
Alan has been with Charity Links from the outset. He was born in Uganda, where he spent the first 9 years of his life. He spent his whole career in the Diplomatic Service, which included two secondments to ODA (now the Department for International Development or DFID). During his postings in Nigeria and Senegal he was involved in many small development projects. Alan is extremely fit having celebrated retirement by walking from Lands’ End to Jon O’Groats and while his cycling is limited to short journeys his fellow Trustees remain optimistic about getting him to join one of the Ride East Africa series.
Stephen has been a Trustee of several Charitable Trusts over the years and in his professional capacity of a lawyer has advised several more. In his post university gap year Stephen taught English for several months in Kenya which first awoke his interest in East Africa. He took up cycling later in life and is a veteran of the 2017 Charity (Adventure) Links Cycle Challenge in Tanzania and Rwanda. The tenacity with which he conquered the many hills of Rwanda reflects his determination which is a skill much appreciated by his fellow Trustees.
Born in Zimbabwe Sam is a dynamic Leader/ Manager with an innovative nature and ability to inspire others. Sam has MScs in Leadership, Management and Change in Health / Social Care as well as Global Mental Health. He enjoys working in partnership with other organizations to improve lives. Sam has been a Trustee for Charity (Adventure) Links since its formation and he participates in charity events in East Africa following his successful participation in KiliClimb2013. Sam is a winner of the “Leader of the Year” in the Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust Excellence Awards. He recently completed the Mental Health in Complex Emergencies – with UNHCR and International Medical Corps and he is also involved in Mental Health charity work in Uganda.
Tony is “semi –retired” and after a corporate career which saw him in roles such as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, he led organisations spread across Europe, Middle east and Africa he now has “time to give back”. Involved in the community serving on the local Parish Council and using his love of fitness to raise money for great causes (London Marathon for Tommy’s (St Thomas Hospital) and most recently Charity Links (Ride the Rift) raising funds for education in East Africa, Tony keeps active and has a passion for combining health and fitness with the opportunity to benefit a great cause such as Charity Links.